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"I have sincerely enjoyed my experience at MEZCOPH and I am very proud of both my personal accomplishments and those of fellow students. One specific example is the student led event, The Social Justice Symposium (SJS); I was on the planning committee for the 2012-2013 symposium, and it was an experience that contributed to both personal and professional development . It was an honor to take part in the annual tradition of SJS as a public health graduate student."
Queen Creek, ArizonaPrior Degree(s):
BSHS in Physiology, University of ArizonaBefore entering the program:
I finished my undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona in 2011 and moved to California. I worked at an asthma care and management clinic and assisted the program in attaining their Joint Commission accreditation and conducted monthly reports for the funding grant.Why did you choose public health?
I chose to pursue a degree in public health because I believe that collaboration between agencies is the key to success in the medical community. Health agencies and practitioners must work together to prevent health problems and eliminate issues related to health inequities and disparities.Why did you choose MEZCOPH?
I chose MEZCOPH for a variety of reasons. One of the appeals is my familiarity with the college of public health and the University of Arizona. I was also drawn to the diverse research areas and comprehensive public health education the college offers. Furthermore, attending a public health school in the Southwest provides a unique opportunity to work with specific populations, such as border communities and Native American tribes.Public health interests:
I am interested in research and evaluation. Before entering MEZCOPH, a majority of my work experience involved qualitative and quantitative evaluation. Throughout my MEZCOPH education, I have gained additional skills and polished existing skills that will further advance my career as a public health professional.Internship:
I am currently interning with the Department of Surgery at the University of Arizona. We are conducting a study focused on investigating the effects of balance training on chemotherapy-induced neuropathy patients. I will be collecting the data and conducting the measurements for this pilot study and once all the data is collected, I will conduct the analysis and evaluation.Interests/hobbies outside of school:
Last fall, I founded the MEZCOPH Hiking Group; I coordinate hiking trips with other public health students on a weekly basis. If you like hiking, Tucson is the place for you! MEZCOPH has many students that are from out of state and it is a pleasure to provide these students with the opportunity to explore Tucson in a unique way. The Tucson hiking trails provide a new adventure every weekend.Tip for future students:
Find a school that not only shares your research interests, but also cares about their students. When I was applying for graduate schools, I sent out emails left and right to prospective schools and received limited responses; however, I always received a reply from MEZCOPH. This showed me they were interested in me as a prospective student and I could expect the same attention as a student. Many public health schools will offer faculty and research in similar areas, but choose one where they prioritize their students and are able to provide opportunities for them to succeed both in the classroom and in the professional world. MEZCOPH provides an excellent balance of classroom rigor and professional applicability. I wish you all the best and good luck in your future endeavors; I hope to see you around in Tucson.